Uneasy Partnership

The Politics of Business and Government in Canada

By (author) Geoffrey Hale
Categories: Political economy, Economics, Economics, Finance, Business and Management
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Paperback : 9781551115047, 560 pages, September 2006

Table of contents


Part I: The Context for Business-Government Relations in Canada: Ideas, Ideologies, and Historical Development


1. Business and Government: The Politics of Mutual Dependence

2. The Role of Government in the Economy: Economic Perspectives

3. Sources and Limits of Business Influence: Theories of Business-Government Relations

4. Business, Government, and the Politics of Development: 1760-1970

5. Business, Government, and the Politics of Economic Upheaval: 1970 to Present

Part II: Canada's Economic Structure and the Environment for Business-Government Relations


6. Canada's Economic Structure: Diversity, Dynamism, and the Political Economy of Business-Government Relations

7. Federalism, Regionalism, and the Context for Business-Government Relations

8. Business, Government, and the North American and Global Economies

9. Government-Business Enterprises: The State Sector in Transition

Part III: Political Competition, Interest Groups, and the Political Marketplace


10. The Political Marketplace: Interest Groups, Policy Communities, and Lobbying

11. The Internal Policy Process: Balancing Different Views of the Public Interest

12. The External Policy Process: Public Relations, Public Opinion, Political Advocacy, and Parliament

13. Litigation and the Judicial System: Lobbying by Other Means?

14. Business, Political Parties, and the Electoral Process





Uneasy Partnership unravels the mutually dependent relationship between business and government in Canada. Governments depend on business investment for economic growth vital to the prosperity of their citizens, the generation of tax revenues, and enough public satisfaction to win them periodic re-election. Businesses depend on governments for more-or-less stable sets of rules that are necessary for success. They often look to governments for protection against threats to their well-being and for assistance in competing with other businesses.

Geoffrey Hale begins examining this relationship by considering the influence of political, economic, and societal ideas on the government’s place in the economy along with the history of Canadian economic development. He continues by examining the effects of political and economic structures on the workings of the economy and on relations between business and governments. Finally, Hale discusses the interaction of the political marketplace—including organized business interests and individual businesses—with the policy process, including the influence of interest group politics on public opinion, the role of the courts and tribunals on law and policy, and political parties.